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How To Handle Your Teenager Who Has A Disability


Adolescence is a critical period where we deal with not just individuals but mostly attitudes. If you are a parent of a teenager you must be well acquainted with such behaviour that is thrown at you quite often. This is a stage in which a child begins to evolve out of the cocoon he or she lived in under their parent’s care and initiates the process of building up once personality. In short, this is when a child tries on the shoe of independence. If you have a teenager with some sort of a physical disability, for instance, this can be quite a challenging situation not just for your child but for you as a parent. Here are some of the ways which you can use to help your child get through this phase of life.

Support Your Child At Home

Spend sufficient time with your child and provide them with enough attention and love to enable you to understand what they are going through. As parents, you may be busy with your work, but children need your time too, and teenagers need it more even though they may not welcome it. You need not keep a tab on your son or daughter as they are no more kids, but give them space to make little decisions on their own. Get them to accept and love whatever the disability that they have and improve other skills. For instance, if your child cannot move physically by himself you can get them to play the piano, or sing or indulge in any activity that would help them enhance themselves.

Teenager Who Has A Disability

Use Professional Help

You can obtain disability support services from a professional body to help your child at home, especially when you are not around. This would make them feel more tended to, provided you do not make them feel like a complete invalid who needs assistance for everything. You need to boost their level of self confidence by getting them to develop themselves either by engaging in activities online or outdoors.

Check Facilities in School

Inability to perform as other students physically may demote your child, so before enrolling into a school, make sure they provide disability support services within the school to ensure that your child is not left behind.

Find them Company

Take them outdoors and get them to make friends, or even virtually online. Teenagers love company so get them that.

Handling a teenager with a disability is a very difficult task, but you can always help each other to ensure you and your child together can cope up with it.